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Balanced Budget Funds Increases for Education, Public Safety
Dover, DE – Surrounded by lawmakers, Governor Jack Markell signed a balanced fiscal year 2014 budget early this morning to cap a session that invested in job creation and greater opportunities for all Delawareans and included long sought reforms in education and public safety.
“This session’s accomplishments reflect our dedication to ensuring Delaware can compete and win in a fast moving global economy well into the future,” said Markell. “We have made our state an even better place to live, work, raise a family, build a business and retire. With the hard work of our lawmakers, we achieved incredible progress toward providing quality educational opportunities for all of our students, fostering a climate that encourages businesses to expand and create jobs, keeping our residents safe and making Delaware a welcoming place for everyone.”
Markell lauded the leadership of House Speaker Peter Schwartzkopf and Senate President Pro Tempore Patricia Blevins as he thanked Representatives and Senators for their commitments over the past six months. Highlights of their efforts included:
Overall, the Budget Act, Bond and Capital Improvements Act and Grants-in-Aid bills signed by the Governor ensured continued fiscal responsibility. The state continues to receive a AAA bond rating from all three rating agencies in large part due to appropriating just 98 percent of our available revenues and maintaining a fully funded Rainy Day Fund.
Highlights of 2013 Legislative Session
Improving Delaware Schools
“We recognize that our most important asset is our children,” said Markell. “By increasing investments in public schools, better preparing our teachers, making school choice easier for families to navigate and improving our charter schools, we have made significant strides toward giving all of Delaware’s students the education they deserve.”
Improving the State’s Business Climate
“In addition to ensuring our education system produces a strong workforce, we have responded to the business community’s needs by cutting red tape, making government more efficient and helping avoid unfair costs that prevent investments in their companies,” said Markell.
Making Delaware Safer
“Businesses want to locate in strong and safe communities and Delawareans want and deserve to live in safe communities,” said Markell.
Ensuring Delaware is a welcoming place for all people
“Today we can proudly say that Delaware is an even more welcoming and accepting state than when we convened this legislative session six months ago,” said Markell.
The budget the Governor signed also ensured assistance would be available for the most vulnerable Delawareans by including:
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